Monday, October 31, 2011

Fallon & Timberlake: The History of Rap

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake did an epic Part 3 of their History of Rap medley on Friday night's (10/28/11) Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show. It was a monster medley that might be the best of their three Rap collaborations.

Part 1 was performed on Wednesday, September 29, 2010, and Part 2 was performed on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. Both Parts 1 and 2 were very popular. The videos and song lists from those two shows are included below. This is some fine entertainment, that should not be reserved for only the late-nighters.

Here is the full set list from Part 3, with links to the original on YouTube:
  1. Run-DMC – “King of Rock”
  2. LL Cool J – “Mama Said Knock You Out”
  3. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – “Parents Just Don’t Understand”
  4. De La Soul – “Me, Myself and I”
  5. JJ Fad – “Supersonic”
  6. Sir Mix-a-Lot – “Baby Got Back”
  7. Young MC – “Bust a Move”
  8. House of Pain – “Jumparound”
  9. Ice Cube – “It Was a Good Day”
  10. Coolio – “Gangsta’s Paradise”
  11. Fugees – “Killing Me Softly”
  12. Beastie Boys – “Sabotage”
  13. Jay-Z – “I Just Wanna Love You (Give It 2 Me)”
  14. OutKast – “Ms. Jackson”
  15. Snoop Dogg – “Drop It Like It’s Hot”
  16. Kanye West – “Stronger”
  17. Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
  18. Naughty By Nature – “Hip Hop Hooray”

alternate link for part 3
History of Rap - Part 1

Set list for Part 1:
  1. Sugar Hill Gang – "Rapper's Delight"
  2. Run DMC – "Peter Piper"
  3. Beastie Boy – "Paul Revere"
  4. A Tribe Called Quest – "Award Tour"
  5. Digital Underground – "Humpty Dance"
  6. Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg – "Ain't Nutt'N But G Thang"
  7. Tupac – "California Love"
  8. The Notorious B.I.G – "Juicy"
  9. The Roots – "The Seed (2.0)"
  10. Eminem – "My Name Is (Slim Shady)"
  11. Missy Elliot – "Work It"
  12. Soulja Boy – "Crank That (Soulja Boy)"
  13. T.I. – "Live Your Life"
  14. Kanye West – "Golddigger"
  15. Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' – "Empire State Of Mind"
History of Rap - Part 2

Set list for Part 2:
  1. 1:29 Kurtis Blow – The Breaks
  2. 1:38 Grandmaster Flash – The Message
  3. 1:49 N.W.A. – Express Yourself
  4. 1:58 Public Enemy – Bring the Noise
  5. 2:02 Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock – It Takes 2
  6. 2:19 Salt and Pepa – Push It
  7. 2:34 Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby
  8. 2:44 Black Sheep – The Choice is Yours
  9. 2:53 Cypress Hill – Insane in the Membrane
  10. 3:03 DJ Kool – Let Me Clear My Throat
  11. 3:20 DMX – Party Up (Up in Here)
  12. 3:29 Nelly – Hot in Here
  13. 3:44 50 Cent – In Da Club
  14. 4:01 Outkast – Hey Ya
  15. 4:15 Lil Wayne – A Milli
  16. 4:21 DJ Khaled – All I Do Is Win
  17. 4:33 Cali Swag District – Teach Me How To Dougie
  18. 4:49 Rick Ross – B.M.F.
  19. 5:11 Biz Markie – Just a Friend

Monday, October 24, 2011

Wikileaks Fights Financial Blockade

Wikileaks is temporarily suspending publishing operations while it tries to raise money.

We are forced to temporarily suspend publishing whilst we secure our economic survival. For almost a year we have been fighting an unlawful financial blockade. We cannot allow giant US finance companies to decide how the whole world votes with its pocket. Our battles are costly. We need your support to fight back...

WikiLeaks has published the biggest leaks in journalistic history. This has triggered aggressive retaliation from powerful groups. Since 7th December 2010 an arbitrary and unlawful financial blockade has been imposed by Bank of America, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union. The attack has destroyed 95% of our revenue. The blockade came into force within ten days of the launch of Cablegate as part of a concerted US-based, political attack that included vitriol by senior right wing politicians, including assassination calls against WikiLeaks staff. The blockade is outside of any accountable, public process. It is without democratic oversight or transparency. The US government itself found that there were no lawful grounds to add WikiLeaks to a US financial blockade. But the blockade of WikiLeaks by politicized US finance companies continues regardless.


Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
WikiLeaks' money woes brings end to leak of secrets  —  WikiLeaks is to stop publishing state secrets because it is running out of money, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.  —  The whistleblowing website set up by Julian Assange said that it is temporarily suspending publication of leaks to fight a “blockade” by credit card companies...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Student Debt is Crushing Young Adults

The Student Debt Clock is currently $948+ billion and counting. Student debt is now greater than credit card debt. Student debt is also twice as large as the infamous Greek national debt of $470 billion that now has everyone in a minor panic.

Student debt is crushing a generation of Americans, who are losing faith in their future. Here is one young lady's take on the situation.

Franchesca Leigh Ramsey /

I'm a 27 year old graduate of Miami International University of Art and Design with a BFA in Graphic Design... In June 2009 I moved to New York City to pursue my dreams of working in entertainment and broaden my design horizons. I now work as a freelance graphic designer and social media/ marketing consultant, while also blogging and making YouTube videos. It’s a lot of work, but I love every minute of it...

:( ... I have over $100k of student loan debt and my combined monthly payments are about $1k. I’m afraid I’ll never pay it all off and won’t be able to afford to start a family someday. It scares the hell out of me.

After seeing BeyoncĂ©’s “Countdown” video Thursday night I couldn’t sleep. Thus this video was born. If your student loans give you the blues like mine do, feel free to share :)

BeyoncĂ© “Countdown” Parody: Student Loan Countdown
"Oh, should I stand out on Wall Street?
would that even help me?
Not sure what I should do. Barack are you listening?
Oh, can I get a forebearance?
No help from my parents
I'm doing this on my own
Sallie Mae I can't pay off my student loans."

via: digg

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

12 Lessons from Steve Jobs

Guy Kawasaki survived working for Steve Jobs twice. At Silicon Valley Bank's CEO Summit on October 6, 2011, Guy shared lessons learned from one of the great entrepreneurs of the 21st century.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Privacy for Protesters and People

The Vibe smart phone application is now being used to protect the privacy of protesters at the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York City.

The demonstrators are logically making this move in response to the New York City Police Department's newly formed unit that is looking for wrongdoing on social media websites like Facebook and Twitter.

NYPD is now following fast in the footsteps of authoritarian regimes like Egypt, Syria, and China that want to keep a lid on social unrest that might be aided by social media. You can bet that besides looking for "wrongdoing" the NYPD is also looking for intelligence and information on what the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are planning.

NYPD will then know where to deploy their pepper-sraying Detective Inspector Antony (Tony Baloney) Bologna, so he can blast the punks and loudmouths. This police tactic falls in the category of the best defense against demonstrators is a good offense.

All of this monitoring of the people falls in the category of the slow erosion of personal privacy and rights by a government that is doing everything in its power to keep an eye on everyone. Have no doubt about it, you are being watched.

Anjali Mullany / NY Daily News:
Privacy for the people: Wall Street protesters use social media app Vibe to communicate anonymously --
 A people’s revolution? There's an app to help with that.

A leaderless group of "Occupy Wall Street" protesters living in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park are using a smartphone app to communicate with each another – anonymously.

The “Vibe” app allows users to post tweet-like messages to other users' mobile phones without revealing their identities, as no registration is required.

Users can decide how long their “vibes” will exist - 15 minutes, an hour, a day, seven days, or forever. After the selected time is up, the message disappears...
Of course, the bankers are all for the closer monitoring of people and are happy to finance police efforts in that direction.
J.P. Morgan Chase "donates" $4.6 Million to NYPD --
The money will pay for 1,000 new patrol car laptops, as well as security monitoring software in the NYPD's main data center...
What is exactly is security monitoring software you might ask. It is something that scours the internet for information on everyone and then tries to correlate that info so they can figure what kind of person you are. It probably means something like this TLOxp program, which knows more about you than you would like.

Bloomberg Business:
You Can Run, But It's Hard to Hide from TLO -- A data-fusion pioneer’s latest company collects info about individuals...
TLOxp offers trillions of records on individuals and businesses from about 100,000 sources of data. Lawyers, fraud investigators, debt collectors, and others use the system to find a person’s employers, co-workers, education history, mobile-phone numbers, liens, car titles, and more. Even scraps of data can lead to an information trove. Feed TLOxp an age range, a first name, and a few Zip Codes, for instance, and it’ll spit out a list of people that fit all the attributes. It also grabs the public information posted on social-media sites like Facebook...

The bottom line: TLO has trillions of records about individuals and businesses. Its search capabilities may make privacy advocates uneasy.

Glenn Greenwald /
What’s behind the scorn for the Wall Street protests? --
Does anyone really not know what the basic message is of this protest: that Wall Street is oozing corruption and criminality and its unrestrained political power—in the form of crony capitalism and ownership of political institutions—is destroying financial security for everyone else?
Occupy Wall Street --
According to Adbusters, a primary protest organizer, the central demand of the protest is that President Barack Obama "ordain a Presidential Commission tasked with ending the influence money has over our representatives in Washington."
USA Today:
700 arrested on Brooklyn Bridge after protest
England riots and social media; what’s app?

Twitter | Ukraine World

Twitter | Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Ukraine President)

Twitter | Euromaidan Press

Twitter | The Kyiv Independent

Twitter | Ukraine Weapons Tracker

Daily Reckoning